The soul is the name given to the supposed immaterial part of an individual, which some believe can exist separately from the body in the afterlife. Though the term itself largely comes from Christian traditions, most religions have some concept of a "part" of the person that is separate and distinct from the body. It's considered by those who believe in it to be a self-evident and intrinsic part of humanity. It is an important aspect of much religious belief—particularly when concerning the afterlife.
The term is often invoked in a metaphorical sense (such as a poetic statement "my soul was moved by his words") without implying the actual existence of a separate "magical" part of a person that exists after the person dies.
The concept of the soul it is not recognised by science because it is a supernatural explanation of the phenomenon of human consciousness, and as such non-falsifiable. The soul is postulated by believers to be completely immaterial. Scientists who attempt, and without exception fail, to find evidence of the soul will usually be told that they can't measure or characterise it anyway. Like most other spiritual beliefs, this makes the idea of the soul somewhat immune to scrutiny. Those who logically and scientifically argue against a "soul" would state that if something can't be measured or tested -directly or indirectly- in any way, then it can't affect the material world and therefore is, in all practicality and in all actuality, non-existent.
The soul is usually described as an immaterial "thing" in a way that implies that it "contains" someone's consciousness, emotions, personality, and memories
According to neuroscientific views, the mind, with the components of memories, creativity, beliefs and opinions that form a person's identity, is a component of the functioning brain . During brain death, which is typically bound to occur in as few as 3 minutes after cardiac arrest, all brain function halts permanently. If the soul is a part of the mind, it would cease to exist at brain death. In the scientific context, there is nothing of one's personality that can exist outside of the biological framework which could float off to some happy place, or live a new life, nothing that could live, the "after life".
Even setting aside what we know about the human mind and personality, logical questions have always existed regarding the afterlife. "Where is it?" If it is, as many ancient religions suggested, a physical place "above us in the sky" or "deep in the earth" then we would have found such places in human exploration. If it is a place for souls to permanently reside.That's a hell of a lot of space needed for the billions who have come before. And there is the endless debate over who and what have access to such afterlife.The traditional heaven-hell dichotomy was not present in many early religions. The ancient Semitic peoples of the Near East, such as the Babylonians and Canaaites, believed that all the dead go to a shadowy place under the earth regardless of their conduct in life. The ancient Jews shared this belief, although many devout Chirstian Biblical Scholars have attempted to suppress this.
The concept of an afterlife is widespread throughout most human religions. One of the important purpose of religious belief is to give explanations of, and reassurances about the world. Humans and other animals fundamentally fear death, it's what keeps us alive long enough to procreate. The idea of simply not existing any longer is also quite upsetting for most people. Afterlife offers hope of again seeing those that have died and a promise of an escape from death and non-existence. In many religions, the idea of an afterlife, especially where it is associated with punishment and reward, is a handy explanation for why we have to suffer in this life.
" Dying man couldn’t make up his mind which place to go to — both have their advantages, 'heaven for climate, hell for company!"
Most artwork hardly has that effect on me. Splendid job.
In many ways, from the intense white eyes, the screaming mouth and the pale ethereal skin, this is like an artwork of silent protest, on behalf of our spirit, our soul if you will.
I’ll say this with conviction; seeing the materials you’ve used to create this piece I can’t help but be impressed. You took something as unimpressive as cigarette ashes, tissues, aerosols and whatnot and combined them to create this inspiring, gripping and intense work of art. Makes my dealings with words look like amateur night.
Perhaps that’s the thing: how we’ll never listen to our inner selves even though they scream in protest at what we do, on a daily basis. I’ll never know, now will I claim to know. But what I do know is this… This is imagery at its finest and most powerful. Well done, plain and simple.